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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,403 miles

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2006 Buick LaCrosse electrical problems

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2006 Buick LaCrosse Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #24

Sep 092014

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lacrosse. While approaching a stop, the entire instrument panel became inoperative and returned to normal after a few moments. In addition, the key fob failed to open any of the doors. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000. Updated 10/10/14 the consumer stated the headlights went out 3 times and did not comeback on the final time. They were repaired. The keys were not repaired. Updated 3/26/2015

- Anna, OH, USA

problem #23

Aug 012014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lacrosse. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The contact did not receive a second recall notice. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Dublin, GA, USA

problem #22

Jun 022014


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lacrosse. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the computer brain needed to be reprogrammed. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- St. Peters, MO, USA

problem #21

Jun 112014


  • 148,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lacrosse. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning and caused the driver to crash into the exit ramp cement barrier. The driver sustained back and neck injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system) after the failure occurred. The failure mileage was 148,000.

- Richond , CA, USA

problem #20

Aug 182014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lacrosse. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system). However, the part needed to remedy the recall was unavailable. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experience a failure.

- Elizabeth Town, KY, USA

problem #19

Aug 062014


  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lacrosse. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning and crashed into another vehicle. The driver sustained fractured ribs and collar bone. A police report was filed of the incident. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 77,000.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #18

May 282014


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lacrosse. The contact stated that the key was not able to turn from an off to an on position several times intermittently. The contact also stated while traveling approximately 65 mph, the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle and was involved in a six vehicle crash. The air bags did not deploy. The contact was unconscious and a police report was filed. The contact sustained major injuries. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact notified the manufacturer who investigated the air bag concern and indicated that the crash location would not warrant the air bags to deploy. The contact was later notified of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V355000 (electrical system). The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #17

Aug 092014


  • 43,677 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lacrosse. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled several times. While driving downhill in reverse, the failure caused the contact to crash the vehicle into a pole. The speed was unknown and there were no injuries. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system); however, the parts needed for the repair were unavailable. The contact was placed on a waiting list. The failure mileage was 43,677.

- Hallowell, ME, USA

problem #16

Jul 122014

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
While traveling in the fast lane on the garden state parkway I hit a bump in the road, the auto shut off.with a concrete divider along side and autos approaching at high speed, my wife and daughter screaming I managed to get to the end of the divider were I could turn off the auto restarted on 1st try but very scary.

- Barnegat, NJ, USA

problem #15

Oct 252012

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
Traveling 40 mph on a four lane about to pass a truck. Motor stopped, power steering out, power brakes out, managed to coast across three lanes to shoulder to park. Walked 1/4 miles to store called a local garage. Car still would not start, towed to his garage. Checked gas, fuel pressure okay but no spark. Moved some connectors around the starting module and car started. Have not had any problems since, have the fear that I will be on a Chicago toll road and it will stop again.

- Normal, IL, USA

problem #14

May 292014

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles


The dim light goes out when the harness starts to melt.

- Hudson, SD, USA

problem #13

Nov 132013

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 158,000 miles
Automatic door locks work sporadically on all doors. They seem to lock when the car is in drive, but will not unlock when shifted to park or when you push the power unlock button. A related problem with the front and rear driver side door where the door will not open from inside or outside. Replaced the cable in the front driver side that was corroded, now experiencing the same problem with the rear driver side. I don't want to spend $200 to replace another cable. If I pound the inside of the door just right and in the right spot, I can get it to open. The lock mechanism is not opening all the doors - I have been stuck inside the car a couple of times where I needed to crawl out of the passenger side before I fixed the drivers door.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #12

Mar 152014

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
While driving up a long incline on I-10 vehicle behaved as if the ignition had been turned off and key removed. Ie: engine off, no lights or accessories, no warning lights on dash. Traffic was heavy and my wife was fortunate to safely coast into shoulder. Incident recorded with Buick, have reference number.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #11

Dec 142013

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
Driving at 45mph, smelled smoke from what appeared to be an electrical fire. Approximately 1/2 mile driving time, the engine and all power cut off. Got someone to help push the car off road when another person notice there was a fire coming from underneath the engine. Fire department was dispatched but engine was completely engulfed by the time they got there to put out the fire. Police and fire marshall determined fire came from electrical fuse box initially. Car was totaled by insurance.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #10

Jul 162013

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lacrosse. The contact stated that the head lights failed. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where it was determined that the relay switch burned out the panel box. The failure mileage and current mileages were 121,000.

- Taunton, MA, USA

problem #9

Nov 192010


  • 75,000 miles
Coming home from the hospital on I-65, with my mother the low beam headlights suddenly went out we managed to pull over safely but shaken up. After a few minutes the lowbeams came back on. We have had recurring problems with this but never knew when to expect it to happen. We replaced the relay and solved the problem temporarily. The car now has 96000 miles and no low beams. If General Motors don't think this issue is severe enough to do a recall maybe they might respond to a class action lawsuit. Once I decide to sell this car it will be the last Buick I ever own.

- Prattville , AL, USA

problem #8

Feb 272013

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
I went to the parking garage after work, and had difficult getting into my vehicle. The remote did not work. When I put the key in the lock, it would turn but not unlock the door. After about 15 minutes, I finally got into my car. I picked my sister up and went to the restaurant. I was unable to get out of the car. I tried the remote, the inside release and pulling on the lock. I finally got it to release. Then I had problems closing the door. We got it shut but when we came back from the restaurant it was open. I dropped my sister off and drove the mile home, the door again would not open nor would the passenger door open. I am claustrophobic and became very upset. I went back to my sister's and got the door open. We left it ajar, and when I got home it still would not open. After about another 15 minutes, I finally got it to release. Then next day when my husband took the car over to the dealers, he could not get the door to open. He was able to get the passenger door open and climbed out that way. I can understand the electronics malfunctioning, but not the manual system. I really feel this is a safety hazard. I just got off the chat line with General Motors and received no satisfaction or resolution. It was $300 to have the driver door lock actuator replaced/repaired. I still have no explanation as to why the manual system did not work..

- Solon, OH, USA

problem #7

Feb 092013

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,980 miles
Low beam headlights do not work. Lights worked fine, parked the car in the garage, lights stayed on delay mode and both were fine. Driving home the next night, several oncoming vehicles flashed lights, I pulled into a parking lot to check my lights... no low beam lights. Switched from auto to manual mode, still no low beam lights, high beam lights work fine. I have read that several others have this same problem. Nobody seems to have a solution. I do not feel I should need to pay the dealer to 'analyze the problem' and charge an outrageous price to fix this. This is a definite safety issue! updated 09/10/13

- Green Bay , WI, USA

problem #6

Oct 262012

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 33,022 miles
While driving on a three lane highway, the 2006 Lacrosse engine stopped. I was able to cross two lanes and park on the shoulder. Towed to a mechanic and he spent 1/2 hour looking for problem. Tested and no codes. Moved the connection at the distributor module and the problem was solved. Tried to make it fail again by moving, unplug and plugging the connection. I drove home and it has not happened again.

- Normal, IL, USA

problem #5

Sep 112009


  • 25,000 miles
I have had problems with my ABS and traction control, I contacted GM on the matter and they told me they dont cover the braking system, I do consider this to be a safety hasserd, as my brake pedal jumps when I apply the brakes, id like to get satisfaction on this issue.

- Galion, OH, USA

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